- Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - "Episode #1019"
Mister Rogers shows pictures of a boat and a film of himself and several young friends riding in motor boats.
- Reading Rainbow-"Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie"
The true story of a young girl who kept her lighthouse burning during a tremendous storm. LeVar travels to the rock mid-cost of Maine for a tour of a modern-day lighthouse. He also takes a trip on a 100-foot Maine coastal schooner and joins an authentic sailing family for a day at sea. As a final highlight, viewers learn about the mystery of putting a ship in a bottle.
Do in Class
- Arthur: Float a Boat - Make a toy boat and set sail.
- Dragon Tales: The Big Race: Boat Float - Design, build, and try to float a boat as a team using everyday materials.
- Reading Rainbow: Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie - Create a lighthouse night light.
- Reading Rainbow: My Little Island - Build a mini-sailboat and have race.
- ZOOM: ZOOMsci - Boats Afloat - How many pennies can you float on an aluminum boat?
ZOOM: Preschool Activities - Egg Boats - Build a boat to make eggs float.
- ZOOM: ZOOMsci - Soda Bottle Boat - Use vinegar and baking soda to speed your boat through the water.
- Barney: Transportation Matching Game - Match the correct type of transportation with each background picture.
- Cyberchase: Crossing the River - Use problem solving skills to transport Dr. Marbles and the Cybersquad safely across the river in a very small boat.
- Dragonfly TV: Sailing - Set sail virtually in the Dragonfly TV Cup. Change the sail angles during the course to increase or decrease your nautical speed.
- It's My Life: Body - Crew and Rowing - Find out what it is like to be on the crew team. Is this a sport for you? (Advanced Activity)
- Sail Away, Little Boat
By Janet Buell and Jui Ishida
Published December 2005 by Lerner Publishing Group
A boy and girl launch a toy sailboat in a brook. Follow the boat downstream past a changing landscape and varied wildlife to the ocean where the boat is finally picked up by a group of children.
- On Sand Island
By Jacqueline Briggs Martin and David A. Johnson
Published August 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Company
Young Carl wants his own flat-bottomed pound (pronounced "pond" by the locals) boat like those used by his father and other fisherman on Lake Superior. Short lyric chapters in blank verse tell how he realizes his dream by retrieving boards from the lake and trading labor for supplies and expertise. Johnson's muted ink and watercolor illustrations are memorable.
*As most PBS children's programs offer one year extended taping rights for teachers, please feel free to tape them now and save them for use in your classroom during the school year.